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Old 13-03-2021, 02:28 PM   #1
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Should I use Citrus Power on Ceramic?

Hi, all.

Had my Golf new car prepped and Feynlabs ceramic coated last week and, from what I have been told and from what I have read, a simple routine of foam, rinse, 2-bucket Reset shampoo, rinse, towel pat-dry is the way forward. (I am looking into getting a Sidekick blower soon).

I am just wondering, is it unwise to use Citrus Power as part of my pre-wash and should I just go straight to foam?

Also, after drying, is there anything else I could incorporate. Is it wise to give a light spray of a QD and a buff?

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Old 13-03-2021, 02:37 PM   #2
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Just wash and dry imo, dirt shouldn't "stick" enough to need a citrus pre-wash
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Old 13-03-2021, 04:21 PM   #3
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Just wash and dry imo, dirt shouldn't "stick" enough to need a citrus pre-wash

Nice idea - but I’m yet to see (and I’ve used many!) where a ceramic coating allows you to simply ‘jet wash and dry it’ - especially this time of year.

Even professional only coatings you aren’t able to do this on daily driven cars - even washed weekly


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Old 13-03-2021, 04:26 PM   #4
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And is foam really necessary aswell? There's been a lot of posts on here recently on how snowfoam degrades lsp's.
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Old 13-03-2021, 04:53 PM   #5
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And is foam really necessary aswell? There's been a lot of posts on here recently on how snowfoam degrades lsp's.
depends on snowfoam, get a pH neutral one, like Koch Chemie GSF, and you'll be golden.
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Nice idea - but I’m yet to see (and I’ve used many!) where a ceramic coating allows you to simply ‘jet wash and dry it’ - especially this time of year.

Even professional only coatings you aren’t able to do this on daily driven cars - even washed weekly


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Not sure Kev meant jet wash and dry. Think he meant proper wash (shampoo and mitt)

Also most "ceramics" instruct not to wash with shampoo for 7 days, so personally I would leave it a bit longer.
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A citrus degreaser and sometimes a TFR will be be required, also a decontamination once or twice a year with tar remover and iron fallout remover.
The lower panels in particular will need this, it might even appear that the coating has gone at times but it’s usually just masked and clogged with contamination.
If you find out how your ceramic coating stands up to chemicals in terms of pH, but most folks will stick to a pH neutral snow foam and pure shampoo which leaves nothing behind.
A lot of coating manufacturers will also make a “maintenance” product or a “topper” which will act as sacrificial layer.
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Thank You, everyone.

I will hold off on the Citrus Power and just go as I wrote in the OP.

I have been looking into snowfoams and it has been quite confusing. Everyone seems to rave about BH AF but then many are saying that it's not good for CC'd cars.

I think I will go with the GSF followed with a Reset shampoo and towel pat-dry with a Wooly Mammoth (can't find Klin Korea in stock anywhere!). I also just received a litre of Auto Finesse Lather, which I grabbed as it was on sale at 1l for the price of 500ml. In the same deal, I picked up a litre of Auto Finesse Finale QD. Will I be ok applying some of this after drying or should I not bother and just leave the CC to do it's thing?
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Old 13-03-2021, 09:19 PM   #9
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Prewash need only- to get grit away ( not scratching paint- coating fail faster with grit).Most of times we think over. You need prewash, which softne muck. Use dezent pressurewasher with right nozzle-knife type. Most of times, we use pressure washer wrongly. Its is xtreme important, that you rinse with pressure washer down-to up and after that- up to down or side. Because we must rinse grit down-to land. Then clean noodle mitt and you are ready to go. Then your car expensive coating wont fail so fast with attacked strong chemical prewash or with grit over paint. Good shampoo is always needed- reset is good, reset alternative tac system is good. You cant get paint never same clean with strongest prewash versus contact wash. Smart and sharp rinse is higher point and xtreme soft wash mitt

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Old 13-03-2021, 09:26 PM   #10
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And forget qd-s. You coating fail with them and you cant get you coating, what they must to do.
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